As a homeowner on one of the county’s lakes, and someone not accustomed to voting for GOP politicians, I fully support the two more experienced candidates for the very complicated and important job of county commissioner. While I believe the existing set up of commissioners doubling as public health officials is outdated for a growing region such as ours.
I am also fed up with with the slow, hand-wringing, style of the existing board dominated by more liberal politicians. It is unfair to the hundreds of county employees, many of whom are degreed experts in their fields, to not be able to simply do their jobs. There are too many boards, advisory groups, and teams who work behind the scenes to second guess and regulate actions that have already met existing legal and health standards. The Board of County Commissioners needs to be group that means action, after getting the facts from county experts, whether we are talking about housing the homeless, stopping drug dealers, fixing roads, or keeping our recreational lakes clear.
These jobs are not training grounds for those seeking higher office. These jobs are about spending our tax money wisely, leading the county workforce, and getting work done. Gary Edwards and John Hutchings have listened to voters and homeowners who fuel this county. We need their common sense and decisiveness.